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What is Film-Philosophy? Round Table

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What is Film-Philosophy? Round Table


Published October 12, 2009


[The audio recording is of variable quality as we have had to remove a lot of background hiss and static. Please accept our apologies]

Held on Monday 12th October 2009, 5.30 - 7.00 pm, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Participants

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink (Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Dr John Mullarkey (Philosophy, University of Dundee)
Professor Berys Gaut (Philosophy, University of St Andrews)
Dr David Martin-Jones (Film Studies, University of St Andrews)
Dr William Brown (Film Studies, University of St Andrews)

Abstract

Over the course of at least the last hundred years the intellectual study of cinema has experienced a number of shifts towards and away from theoretical or philosophical attempts to understand the moving image. The twenty-first century sees film-philosophy resurgent, in part due to the interest in cinema that has flourished recently in disciplines like philosophy, and in part due to the interdisciplinary nature of Film Studies. At a time when it is increasingly in vogue to return to theoretical questions previously pushed off the agenda by the dominance of historical approaches to cinema, such as the perennial "What is Cinema?", we are taking this opportunity to ask, "What is Film-Philosophy?" In a context that is witnessing the rise of digital cinema, the global dominance of multi-national media conglomerates, and the worldwide spread of "world cinemas", what role does theory or philosophy play in helping us understand cinema, and indeed, what role can cinema play in transforming philosophy?

Thanks to Rachel Brewster at Liverpool John Moores University for extracting the original audio recording.


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